Preview: The Miami FC Hosts Florida Soccer Soldiers in 2019 Open Cup Debut

May 8, 2019

MIAMI (May 7, 2019) - The Miami FC opens up its 2019 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup campaign with a First Round home date against local club Florida Soccer Soldiers. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. at Buccaneer Field at Barry University.

Polar Opposites
This matchup features two clubs that are on opposite ends of the U.S. Open Cup spectrum.

The Miami FC has established itself as an impressive team in the tournament in its short history, having reached the Quarterfinals of the 2017 version of the tournament.

The Orange and Blue beat two MLS sides during that season and became the first NASL team to ever reach such an advanced stage in the tournament.

Florida Soccer Soldiers, on the other hand, have no prior experience in the Open Cup and will be making their tournament debut on Wednesday night.

Tale of Two Hot Starts
The Miami FC got off on the right foot in 2019 with a convincing 2-0 victory over intracity rival Miami United FC in the inaugural home match at Buccaneer Field at Barry University.

Miami fell to Miami United the following week, but rebounded this past weekend with a jawdropping 10-0 thumping of Storm FC.

The Soccer Soldiers are currently one of the best teams in the UPSL and are enjoying a stunning start to the 2019 Spring Season.

They are yet to give up a single goal through five matches and have notched 17 goals of their own, which has helped them get off to a 5-0-0 start. 

Players to Watch
John Neeskens assumed the role of starting left back in last Saturday's match against Storm FC and took full advantage.

Neeskens assisted on Miami's opening goal and second-to-last goal, and added a goal of his own in the 79th minute, blasting in his close-range effort from a very tight angle.

Neeskens' technical ability make him an offensive-minded left back who offers as much going forward as he does while playing solid defense.

Miguel González has quickly proven to be quite a versatile attacker early on in his Miami FC tenure.

González appeared as a two-sided winger through the first two weeks of the season and was deployed as a traditional number nine in the 10-0 victory over Storm FC, in which he collected a brace.

His quickness with-or-without the ball and impressive strength allow him to play a multitude of roles in Coach Dalglish's system.

Looking Ahead
The Miami FC travels to northeast Florida, as they will visit Jacksonville Armada FC for an NPSL road match on Saturday, May 11. Assuming Miami beats the Soccer Soldiers, Miami will then play on Tuesday, May 14 on the road against the Charlotte Independence in the second round of the U.S. Open Cup.